18 to 55 years
18 to 55 years
Kanamo Peak Trek
A High Summit Climb in the Heart of Spiti
There is a certain glamour in a trekkable peak that touches an altitude that most mountaineers climb in. A trekkable peak, after all, does not require any mountaineering skill and can be climbed if you are properly acclimatised. Many trekkers flock to Stok Kangri – around 20,190 ft – for this very hunger for altitude. However, not many people know that there is another, a lesser-known peak that rises to almost the same altitude – the Kanamo Peak (19,600 ft).
The Kanamo Peak looms behind Kibber and Tashi Gang villages, hidden away at the heart of Spiti. This is a region of Spiti that is still untouched by modernity, unperturbed by civilization. Which makes this trek quieter, prettier and an equally challenging alternative to Stok Kangri. Stok Kangri has been unfortunately commercialised.
Now, while Kanamo Peak is a trekkable summit, it is by no means easy. High order of physical fitness is necessary because this trek is an endurance test. It is a relentless climb overscreeand bouldermorainefrom Kanamo base camp to the summit. And in that altitude, just putting one step ahead is an effort. On the summit day, you not only have to ascend 4,500 ft to the peak, but you also need to descend back to basecamp on the same day. That takes almost 12-14 hours, covering around 10 km of trekking through arduous terrain. This trek is for the strongest, fittest and experienced trekkers.
However, the fruit of this hard and adventurous climb is wondrous. At the summit, you see a view that is something you see out of an airline. Standing at what seems like the top of the world, you see over 35 other summits from Ladakh, Spiti, Kullu and Kinnaur. It is a 360-degree view of equally high mountains. The Shilla Peak, Kanamo’s sister peak is so close, you can almost reach out and feel it. Standing on top of this summit is a gift.
Kanamo Peak Videos
Watch these videos to prepare well for your trek.
A route map of the Kanamo Peak trek
Arrive at Manali at any time and rest
Drive from Manali to Kaza
Distance: 185 km | Duration: 5-6 hours
Pick up will be at 5.00 AM from Rambagh circle on Mall Road, near Manali bus stand. The exact location at Rambagh circle is the auditorium near the Nehru Statue. Cost of Rs.13,000 for a Sumo (5-6 seater) to be shared among trekkers.
Short drive from Kaza to Kibber
Distance: 19 km | Duration: 45 minutes| Altitude Gain: 12,467 ft to 14,108 ft
Acclimatisation day at Kibber
Trek from Kibber to Kanamo Base Camp
Distance: 5 km | Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain: 14,108 ft to 15,748 ft
Acclimatisation day at Kanamo Base Camp
Trek from Kanamo Base Camp to Kanamo Peak and back to Kanamo Base Camp
Duration: 12 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 15,748 ft to 19,553 ft, and back to 15,748 ft
Trek from Kanamo Base Camp to Kibber
Duration: 5 hours | Altitude Loss: 15,748 ft to 14.108 ft
Drive from Kibber to Manal
You are expected to reach Manali around 6 pm. Cost of Rs.13,000 a 5-6 seater vehicle to be shared among trekkers.
- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.
- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in lodges.
- On the trek, you will be staying 3 in a tent.
- We have a cloak room facility at the base camp for excess luggage. Do not leave behind any valuables in the cloak room.
A route map of the Kanamo Peak trek
Campsites at a Glance
At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing terrific campsites. For the Kanamo Peak trek too, after a lot of back and forth, we have settled on these terrific campsites, which trekkers have come to love.
Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder
Trekking transforms lives. It has changed my life totally. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible.
I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, start new projects. These are life-changing experiences.
I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.
In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.
Everyone must absolutely trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine.
Highlights of the Kanamo Peak Trek
Know Your Trek
We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.
Use this section to learn about the Kanamo Peak trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.
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